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Carl Zeiss Announces Next Generation Digital Centration Device

Carl Zeiss Vision has announced that i.Terminal 2 by ZEISS, the company’s next-generation digital centration device, is now available for shipping and installation in North America. i.Terminal 2 builds on the centration technology that debuted in Carl Zeiss Vision’s original  i.Terminal by ZEISS device, which was launched in the US in 2007. Like its predecessor, i.Terminal 2 takes all measurements necessary for standard and personalized lenses with 0.1mm accuracy, and provides sophisticated try-on and consultation features.

According to Claude Labeeuw, Carl Zeiss Vision’s vice-president-marketing, improved technology and user feedback have led to dramatic improvements in i.Terminal 2.  “i.Terminal 2 has been redesigned both inside and out. Improvements in software and the user interface make it both faster and easier to use, so it integrates ever better with practice flow. Outwardly, the design is sleeker and fits more easiIy into a practice’s layout. It also adjusts to a wider range of heights to readily accommodate more patients.”

i.Terminal 2 includes a try-on system and a consultation mode featuring new demonstrations of the advantages of premium lens technology. Says Labeeuw: “With higher performance products such as customized lenses, it is critical to provide tools that help patients visualize how good their vision can be with the right eyewear.  i.Terminal 2 uses the vivid, patient-friendly demonstration graphics used in our i.Demo app.”  The i.Demo app is available as a free download from the Apple Store for Carl Zeiss Vision accounts.

FYidoctors, a growing optometrist-owned optometric corporation with over 100 offices across Canada, has placed an advanced order for 110 i.Terminal 2  devices based on comparison testing of a variety of digital centration units.

According to Craig Meckelborg, OD,  a practice owner and member of the FYIdoctors board of directors,  the organization sees i.Terminal 2 as “a way to differentiate ourselves in the marketplace, and to provide consistent, accurate measurements for our lenses.”  The company “tested eight devices–pretty much everything on the market,” says Scott Shaw, FYIdoctors’ vice-president of operations. He says that the test criteria included accuracy, consistency, time required for measurements and integration into the practice’s patient flow.  According to Shaw, “We wanted to see how fast you could take the photo, get the patient to the dispensing table and free (the unit) up to take another photo.”

The test results clearly pointed toward i.Terminal 2 by ZEISS, says Dr. Meckelborg.  “When we looked at the results from our staff, it was hands down. This system was the winner for us, a very clear-cut winner.”

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